Congrats to Charles Small, a Black Male Achievement Social Innovator


Earlier this month, the Leadership & Sustainability Institute for Black Male Achievement named seven honorees to its 2014 class of Black Male Achievement Social Innovators.

And we were proud to see one of Detroit's own included on the list.

Charles Small, president & CEO of Don Bosco Hall, was selected as one of the inaugural class. Don Bosco is a key partner for the Foundation's work, especially in the Cody Rouge neighborhood.

As a member of the class, Small will get a year of capacity-building support, be introduced to local and national funders, and receive targeted support to increase his national leadership and impact in the field of black male achievement.

It's exciting to know this opportunity has come to a Detroiter doing great things for kids.

“This is an important acknowledgment of Charles’ work, and showcases it on the national stage,” said Skillman Foundation Chief Executive Officer Tonya Allen. “It’s great news for Charles, for Don Bosco Hall, and, ultimately, for many young black males in Detroit, who will benefit from his continued growth and focus on this important issue.”

The Leadership & Sustainability Institute for Black Male Achievement (LSI) is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors committed to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys through systemic change. The Skillman Foundation is a member of the network, which was spearheaded through a partnership between Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement, PolicyLink and Root Cause.

The BMA Social Innovation Accelerator is one of four strategies that the LSI is implementing to provide capacity building, strengthen networks, promote the field, and showcase and spread what works.